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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

More news to rattle the Republican elites

- The Washington Times

Public-opinion polls are great parlor-game fun, like Monopoly or charades, but if you’re looking at a poll in May to determine the winner in November, you might as well consult a plate of chicken entrails. Be careful not to spill anything on the carpet.

Criminal Intent Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The criminal justice bill still ignores intent

Last fall, a group of senators introduced legislation to reduce prison sentences for various drug and firearm offenses and to enable prisoners to earn credit toward early release. Almost immediately, the bill ran into opposition from critics who worried it would let dangerous criminals out of jail and reverse the decades-long nationwide drop in crime.

Lackind Combat Readiness Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Neutering U.S. combat air forces

Willfully ignoring the effects of 15 years of combat, President Obama, Congress and Pentagon leaders are causing the readiness of our combat aircraft to sink to so low a level that it clearly endangers national security. It’s a matter of shrunken budgets and awful planning.

FILE - In this April 1, 2015, file photo, students and other supporters protest on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, in support of raising the minimum wage for campus workers to $15 an hour. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday, May 2, 2016, they will not hear a challenge to Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage from franchise owners who say the law discriminates against them by treating them as large businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Junk economics at work

Last Friday, Service Employees International Union chapter President David Rolf came to Washington D.C. to promote his new book, “The Fight for $15.” Predictably, the book makes the claim that more than doubling the federal minimum wage will be all gain and no pain, lifting millions of people out of poverty without costing jobs.

Peace through food

President Obama caused a stir across the pond last month when he waded into the debate over whether the United Kingdom should quit the European Union. Mr. Obama urged the country to remain within its supranational government, pointing to the economic benefits and suggesting that an exit would threaten trade ties with the United States.

This Monday, Aug. 11, 2015, file photo, shows a Target store in Miami. Target is making a stand on the debate around what type of bathrooms transgender people can use. In a statement posted on its company website Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the discounter, based in Minneapolis, said transgender employees and customers can use the restroom or fitting room facility that "corresponds with their gender identity." (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The folly of ‘inclusive’ restrooms

Never did I think the gay civil rights movement would devolve into irrelevant arguments about bathrooms, but here we are. The newest controversy involving Target stores highlights how leftists aren’t concerned at all about bathrooms, but about using gay rights as a cudgel with which to punish those who do not pay allegiance or conform to the liberal agenda.

How fracking set America free

Last year, oil production in America reached a record 9.2 million barrels per day while imports dropped to their lowest levels in decades. Natural gas output also achieved a new high. And, for the first time, hydraulically fractured wells accounted for more than half of U.S. oil and gas production.

When Treasury intrudes

In remarkably unusual public statements, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has aggressively criticized U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer’s legal decision to invalidate the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of MetLife as a systemically important financial institution (SIFI).

Chart to accompany Moore article of May 2, 2016

How to turn Puerto Rico into Hong Kong

Later this week or next, Congress will take up legislation to rescue the commonwealth of Puerto Rico from its financial crisis that is getting worse by the day.

Donald Trump confounds the Gaffe Patrol

- The Washington Times

The Japanese Zero was one of the most famous fighter planes in the South Pacific, bedeviling American pilots in the early days of World War II. The Zero was quick and nimble, darting from the clouds to inflict death and mayhem, and the Zero hit many a target.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The final rebuke of Donald Trump

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump has a shot at reconfiguring the electoral map — putting traditionally blue states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin into play, with his working-class, industrial appeal.

Culture and Tradition of the Silk Road Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tracing the modern Silk Road

This week the Johns Hopkins University in Washington is hosting a major regional conference on the historic Silk Road. The “Trans-Caspian East-West Trade & Transit Corridor” event co-hosted by the embassies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey brings together officials from the United States and the region with over 50 major international companies and academic leaders to brainstorm the strengthening of regional integration.

Artist's rendering of the Haymarket Square explosion.

Now it’s May Day every day

One hundred years ago Sunday (May 1, 1916) the “greatest strike of laboring men in the history of the United States” took place, according to a front-page story in the Washington [D. C.] Herald newspaper. Some two million workers struck on May Day, far outdistancing the strife that typified the late-19th century when the day was a code word for industrial violence. The Haymarket Square protest in Chicago in the wake of strikes on May Day 1886 was the most notorious, with a bomb explosion that killed 11 and wounded more than a hundred.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Before the Wind'

The hearts of sailing enthusiasts will melt as they read of "the spangled bliss" of a sunset cruise in the third line of "Before the Wind." A few lines later they will be ruefully amused but nodding their heads in agreement with the thought that "Sailboats attract the loons and geniuses ... the romantics whose boats represent some outlaw image of themselves."

Climate cops gone too far

Apparently, if you have questions about the scientific veracity of and political motivation behind climate-change alarmism, the Democrats are coming for you. After reading Valerie Richardson's April 18 front-page piece I'm checking my rearview mirror a lot more frequently ("Democrats plotted to rap climate dissenters").

Don't delist grizzly

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem hoping to see one of our iconic grizzly bears. Despite claims that the grizzly population has recovered, it is still a rare and remarkable experience to see a grizzly bear.

TTIP bad news for U.S., Europe

President Obama is visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron this week, and wil no doubt be discussing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The existence of TTIP is deeply worrying and immoral.

Supporters of fair immigration reform gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, April 18, 2016. The Supreme Court is taking up an important dispute over immigration that could affect millions of people who are living in the country illegally. The Obama administration is asking the justices in arguments today to allow it to put in place two programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

When immigration law is 'upside down'

Americans can disagree over whether President Obama has fulfilled his promise of fundamental "hope and change," but it's the showdown over immigration policy that may determine whether he leaves as his legacy a fundamentally transformed America.

A demonstrator protests the Federal Reserve's failure to bail out Puerto Rico outside International House, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in New York. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen appeared with former Federal Reserve chairs Ben Bernanke, Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan, who appeared via video conference, in a panel designed to address millennial and illuminate how the Chairs' philosophies and personal beliefs impact decision-making with international implications. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Saving Puerto Rico

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a small island, population 3.5 million, but it's counting on Washington thinking that the commonwealth, like Wall Street banks and Detroit automobile manufacturers, is too big to fail. Decades of out-of-control management has pushed it to the brink of financial collapse.

Illustration on examining the real nature of collecting intelligence through extraordinary rendition by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A spy's story

After a long and extraordinary career, Gen. Michael Hayden has written "Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror." Both a memoir and a primer on modern espionage, it also attempts to correct the historical record and maybe settle a few scores. Nothing wrong with that, if you ask me.

Illustration on the need to return to God in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Politicians getting back to 'In God we trust'

A Quinnipiac University survey recently found 57 percent of Americans agreed the country "has lost its identity," 57 percent felt they were "falling further and further behind economically," and 76 percent believed "public officials don't care much what people like me think."

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Crazy Bernie's missed opportunity

It comes down to this. Crazy Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton because no other Democrat would stick his/her/its neck out. Hillary was billed as "Hillary the Inevitable" and the rest of the gullible Democrats believed it.

Bayh-Dole Act at Work Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The wrong way to control drug prices

During my 25 years at the Food and Drug Administration, I had a front-row seat for the evolution and modernization of pharmaceutical research. Now that I'm in the private sector, I'm discouraged to see political candidates bash drug companies for easy applause lines.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Staten Island, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

How the Donald could defeat Hillary

- The Washington Times

It's a given among the tired, the poor and the voters tossed in the tempest of the presidential campaign that the noisy masses, yearning to breathe free of the smoke of battle, must resign themselves to the latest inevitability of Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump can't beat her, neither can Ted Cruz, and John Kasich is a pipe dream.

Illustration on the successful targeting of the coal industry by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fight or die

Last week, the nation's largest coal company, Peabody Coal, declared bankruptcy, as have many other coal companies in the past few years. They were victims of the development of fracking technology, which greatly increased the supply and reduced the cost of natural gas, but they were even more victims of President Obama's stated war on coal.

Illustration on preparing Middle East peace strategies post-Obama by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Revamping America's Middle East policy, post-Obama

On April 21, President Obama will attend his last summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the six oil-producing monarchies on the Arabian Peninsula. Afterward, press handlers will doubtless spin euphemistically that their "mutual exchange of views" was "full and frank."

President-elect Barack Obama, left, stands with Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, at a news conference in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

What is Obama waiting for?

At 54 and soon to be unemployed (though with a nice pension and a feast of travel perks), Barack Obama may well believe that there's still something in the political world ahead for him. Congress has nothing for an ex-president -- been there and done that. But there are options.